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Shweta Parande

I’m a journalist and film critic based in Mumbai, India, having worked on the desk and in the field for more than 12 years, with overall experience of 15 years in Entertainment, Fashion and Lifestlye journalism as also News and Business.

I have studied Film Appreciation at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune, for one month in a highly intensive course with lectures by the who's who of the film world, followed by daily film screenings of two to four movies / documentaries and discussions.

I have also done the Cinema Through the Lens of Life film appreciation course at the Naional Film Archive of India (NFAI), Pune under the tutelage of National Award-winning filmmaker, writer and film editor Ms. Arunaraje Patil.  

Film Studies was also a part of my PG in Mass Communication from SNDT Women's University in Juhu, Mumbai, and additionally a Cinema as Art course by Ms. Jeroo Mulla, former HoD at Sophia Polytechnic's Social Communications Media course.

Apart from 'Live, Eat, Breathe Cinema', I also follow the motto of 'Live and Let Live'.


3rd Orange City International Film Festival (OCIFF) to be held from Feb 7-10 in Nagpur

The 3rd Orange City International Film Festival (OCIFF) begins from February 7 in Nagpur and will go on till February 10. This time there has been less buzz about the festival for some reason. The OCIFF 2019 will be inaugurated by the city's Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule on February 7 at 5 pm IST at the Persistent Systems auditorium in Nagpur, following which the opening film My Own Good (Italian), directed by Pippo Mezzapesa, will be screened. Organized by the Orange City...

Film Review: '1985’ by Yen Tan - a compelling watch

Film review by Shweta Parande first published on Mumbai Cinema Paradiso blog for IFFI 2018. Just when you were starting to think that films on people of the LGBTQI community and their coming out, and especially those affected with the Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), were getting too common, comes a new film that seems like a game-changer. The film is '1985', directed by Yen Tan, a 2018 release that was screened at the 49th International F...

17th Pune International Film Festival (PIFF 2019) begins January 10

The 17th Pune International Film Festival aka PIFF 2019 will be held in Pune, Maharashtra, India from January 10-18. The festival is organised by the Pune Film Foundation and the Maharashtra Government under the guidance of Festival Director Dr. Jabbar Patel, a renowned filmmaker. Other eminent personalities involved in PIFF 2019 are Samar Nakhate who is the Artistic Director, and the PIFF Selection Committee members - Makrand Sathe, Satish Alekar and Abhijit Randive. PIFF...

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